WEEKEND WRAP: Derby day delight for Prems
Mighty Melville Premiers claimed bragging rights over Melville Development with a comfortable 5-0 win in the big women’s derby at Gower Park.
While Melville Epics fell 6-1 to Huntly Thistle on the No 2 pitch (Tyla Lute was player of the day) the Melville Prems pressured their Development colleagues into mistakes on No 1 and then capitalised on some excellent technique when in possession.
The margin of victory was bigger than many expected – including Development coach Lance Vervoort
“”We saved our worst performance of the season for the biggest game” he lamented.
By contrast the Prems were happy with their lot.
“We spoke all week about applying pressure,” said Prems coach Laichyn Parkinson. “It was a far more complete performance than last week and good preparation for the federation league.”
The Prems made a stirring start when skipper Nat Mora powered home a 30-yarder, hit first time.
Team mates were delighted – though reckoned had she been any closer she probably would have tried to head it.
“That’s the best goal I’ve seen at Melville that I haven’t scored myself,” said watching men’s first-teamer, Marc “Hitman” Evans.
Mora was named TDO player of the day.
Konagh Garrett danced through to score a goodie as well, while Jackie Pretswell scored one and was desperately unlucky to have another ruled out for – well, for nothing really. Pretswell was named manager’s player of the day for managing her day so well.
Kelsie MacKintosh and Ali Galletely also scored. Best for Development was hard-working midfielder Tanya Mete, pictured with Garrett below.
# Melville Feds lost 0-5 at home to runaway Federation league leaders Waikato Unicol, who boast a few former Melville players who presumably left in search of lower honours.
# Melville Nobs (New Old Boys) bounced back from their loss to Ngaruawahia to beat Waikato Unicol 3-1 and remain top of the Waikato A Division.
Losing to Narra has led to the sacking of many a gaffer over the years, but player-coach Douglas survived a pre-match vote of confidence from his team and responded in fine style.
The 40-year-old took a trip down Memory Lane and played in centre midfield for the first time since 1987, while also potting an important goal. Hamish Utteridge and Jono Ball got the others.
# The season continues to be a wretched one for the Melville Knights, beaten 4-1 away by B Division league leaders Claudelands Rovers Squatters.
# Tony “Tinky Winky” Govorko saved a penalty as Melville Gobs (Genuine Old Boys) came from a goal down to beat Huntly Thistle 2-1 in the B Division and stay fourth.
But Govorko was the subject of conversation not so much for his goalkeeping heroics as for his stark change of strip from last week. Instead of the infamous Purple Haze goalkeeping outfit, TW modelled a bland, featureless gray-and-black number.
Melville goalkeeping coach Neil Mouncher was happy to critique Govorko’s foppish fads from the sideline.
“Colour is a confidence thing for a keeper,” the 62-year-old explained. “If you wear something bright and bubbly you are usually full of self-confidence and self-belief. But if you turn out as ‘Mr Gray’ it means you are uncertain and don’t want to be noticed.”
Mouncher applied the same profiling techniques he employs in his day job as a detective superintendent in suburban Huntly to analyse Govorko’s colour therapy.
“From a psychological perspective, gray is the colour of compromise,” he said. “It’s neither black nor white and is an unemotional colour. It is detached, neutral, and indecisive. It’s one for the fence-sitter, the goalkeeper who is uncertain whether to come off his line or not.”
Govorko disagreed, but conceded it was always fascinating to hear a perspective from the distant past.
“Gray is actually considered the colour of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom these days – and thus a refuge away from goalkeeping madness,” he said.
“Still, you have to remember that Neil was in his prime in the early 1970s when all keepers wore Lincoln green skivvies and Pat Jennings had only just introduced gloves, so it’s a tough baseline from which to reference modern goalkeeping attire.
“Besides, I only changed my outfit because (coach) Stu Timings was concerned it was distracting attention from the deeds of our more well-performed team members and he wanted to respect the dignity of the league.”
For the Gobs, Stu Timings thighed home from a corner. Is thigh-ing even a thing in football? If so, it was a definite thigh of relief for the Old Boys. (If not, we have a discernible thigh gap.) Matt Leaver also scored, though Robbie Orchard missed a penalty.
# Melville Ds dicked Waikato Unicol 5-0 to go 11 points clear at the top of the league, after nearest challengers Tokoroa were held to a 2-2 draw.
Melville made a slow start, but warmed to another solid effort, with goals from Taylor Clement (2), James Pidoke, Jono Jordan and Ryan Watson.
And in case anybody is wondering, yes that’s the same Ryan Watson who used to be Melville’s reserve team goalkeeper.
Watson has become a little more hands-off and has reinvented himself as an outfield player these days. He was named player of the day versus Unicol.